Easy Guide: Adding Closed Captions to Apple TV

How to Get Closed Captions on Apple TV: A Complete Guide for Content Creators

As a content creator, you want your videos to reach and be understood by as many people as possible. That includes those who have hearing impairments or simply prefer to watch with the sound off. One way to make your content more accessible is to add closed captions. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to enable closed captions on your Apple TV.

Step 1: Check Your Apple TV and TV Set

Before you begin, make sure your Apple TV and TV set are compatible with closed captioning. To check, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles and Captioning. Here, you can toggle the options for Closed Captions and SDH (Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) on or off.

Step 2: Enable Closed Captions

Once you have confirmed that your Apple TV and TV set are compatible with closed captions, go to the video you want to watch and press Play. Then, swipe down on your Apple TV remote to bring up the Info panel.

From here, select the Subtitles and Audio icon (the one with the speech bubble) and choose Closed Captions. If the video has more than one option for closed captions, you can select your preferred language from the menu.

Step 3: Customizing the Look of Your Closed Captions

Apple TV gives you several options to customize the appearance of the closed captions. You can access these options by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles and Captioning > Style.

Here, you can change the font, size, color, and background color of the captions. You can also choose to show the captions in italics or ALL CAPS.

Step 4: Troubleshooting Issues with Closed Captions

Sometimes, closed captions may not work properly or appear as expected. Here are some common issues and how to fix them:

– No captions appearing: Make sure you have enabled closed captions (Step 2) and that the video you are watching actually has closed captions available. Some videos may not have captions at all.
– Incorrect language: If the closed captions are in the wrong language, select the Subtitles and Audio icon (the one with the speech bubble) and choose your desired language. If the language is not available, the closed captions may not be available for that video in your desired language.
– Caption timing is off: If the captions do not appear in sync with the audio, you can adjust the timing by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles and Captioning > Style > Caption Delay. From here, you can add a delay (in seconds) or subtract it as needed.

Step 5: Editing Closed Captions

If you are a content creator and need to edit your closed captions, you can do so using a third-party tool like Caption Builder or Kapwing. These tools allow you to upload your video and edit the captions directly, then export the video with the edited captions.


Adding closed captions to your Apple TV content is a simple process that can greatly improve accessibility for your audience. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can enable closed captions, customize their appearance, troubleshoot common issues, and even edit the captions for your own content. Give it a try and see the difference it makes for your viewers.

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